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Regard to the Word of God.

Regard to the Word of God.

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Deut. VI. 6 — 9.

And these wordsy rvhich I command thee tfus
day^ shall he in thy heart j and thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and
shaíl talk of them when thou sittest in thy
house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou
risest up. And thou shalt hind them for a
siyn vpon thy hand, and they shall he as
frontlets hetween thy eyes. And thou shalt
wriie them upon the posts of thy house, and
on thy gates.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.



Deut. VI. 6 — 9.

And these wordsy rvhich I command thee tfus
day^ shall he in thy heart j and thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and
shaíl talk of them when thou sittest in thy
house, and when thou walkest by the way,
and when thou liest down, and when thou
risest up. And thou shalt hind them for a
siyn vpon thy hand, and they shall he as
frontlets hetween thy eyes. And thou shalt
wriie them upon the posts of thy house, and
on thy gates.

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REGARD TO THE WORD OF GOD.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.Deut. VI. 6 — 9.And these wordsy rvhich I command thee tfusday^ shall he in thy heart j and thou shaltteach them diligently unto thy children, andshaíl talk of them when thou sittest in thyhouse, and when thou walkest by the way,and when thou liest down, and when thourisest up. And thou shalt hind them for asiyn vpon thy hand, and they shall he asfrontlets hetween thy eyes. And thou shaltwriie them upon the posts of thy house, andon thy gates.It was well asked by Moses in the foarthchapter, and seventh verse, " What nationis there so great, who hath God so nigh untothem, as the Lord our God is in all thingsthat we call upon him for ? And what nationREGARD TO THE WORD OF GOD. 235is there so great, that hath statutes and judg-ments so righteous, as all this law, vvhich Iset before you this day ? Only take heed tothyself, aud keep thy soul díligently, lestthou foi'get the things which thine eyes haveseen, and lest they depart from thy heart allthe days of thy Ufe : but teach them thy sonsand thy sons' sons." Where privileges aregreat they should be valued and improved,
 
and where much has been given, much willbe required. The object of a divine revela-tion is that it may be believed, and the objectof the gift of God*s law is, that it may beobeyed. A strong injunction is thereforegiven to the Israelites in the text, and in thepassage which I have just quoted, that theyshould both keep the law themselves, andteach it to their children, even to the mostremote generations. Here then are twoduties inculcated, and in this order I wiUendeavour to enforce them upon you. Andthat they may be more practically and per-sonally regarded, I will not treat them as theyare here enjoined upon the Jews, but T willaddress myself directly unto you, For under236 REGARB TO THEwhatever obHgatíons tliey were to fiilfil Aesedaties, the same are equally bÍDding iqionTon, and in addition tó tiie moral precepte of the law, vou bave also the doctrines conimaDd-ments and ordinances of the gospel wbkhyou are bound to receive and practioe, anddiligentlv to teach unto your children. Thewords of God are given to you in their fiil-ness. The scriptures are now completed. Youhare bofh the old and the new testameixte,
 
and a full statement of both faith and practice,all that jou aie to believe, and all that youare to do, are therein set before jou*í. In the first place therefore I saj, keepthese words yourselves. Personal religíon isindispensable. The words of Grod are spoheuto everv individual, and when Moses addresseshis natíon in the singalar number, as if tbeywere bút one person, we maj be thereby re-minded of the individuality of religion, Imean of the necessity that every separate andsingle individual should heartily embrace ítfor himself, and obediently practise it in hisown life. Personal religion is moreover thefoundation of all family and natíonal religimi.WORD OF GOD. 237How can he teacli auother, who has not beentaught hímself? How can he instruct hischildren in the principles of religion, whodoes not know them by his own experience?Or how can he enforce its duties upon themby precepts if he does not confírm the pre-cept by his own example ?Therefore it is said, " These words whichI command thee this day, shall be in thyhewrt^' by which I understand Moses to meau,shall be in thy love and memory. The heartis the seat of the aflfections, and out of it arethe issues of life. The mouth speaketh outof the abundance of the heart: the actionsof the life flow out of its emotions. Theunderstanding may be enlightened with theknowledge of divine things, the judgmentmay be convinced and approve of them, butif the affections of the heart be not engagedto love and delight in them, there will belittle of real obedience andvwilling duty. — David could say, " Oh, how I love thy law !"My delight is in thy commandments. " Theláw of thy mouth is better to me than thou-sands of gold and silver." '* How sweet are

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